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17. Atlanta Falcons – A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

The Falcons get a good one. Robinson started the year off slowly but really hit his stride mid-year. He gets a bit overshadowed as other along the Alabama front seven make more plays but make no mistake he’s a force.

MORE: A’Shawn Robinson Scouting Report

18. Indianapolis Colts – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

The Colts can’t pass on this opportunity. Elliott gives them a much younger version of Frank Gore to pair with Andrew Luck and a deep receiving corps. Elliott is as NFL ready (running, blocking, pass catching) as any back than I ever remember.

19. Buffalo Bills – Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

Rex Ryan will be eyeing his stud ILB in this draft. If Ragland is staring him in the face when they pick at No. 19, I don’t see another option.

20. New York Jets – Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

The Jets need a pass rusher and I’ve had Leonard Floyd here pretty consistently. It makes so much sense that I’m going a different direction. As bad a need as OLB is, I think they have to address the RT spot immediately with a guy that can take over D’Brick eventually. Decker fits that bill.

21. Washington – Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

I could have slotted a slew of DL in this spot and probably should have given the WRs on their roster. However it’s not likely that Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are both back next season. If Dan Snyder hitches his wagon to Kirk Cousins for the long-term he’s going to want to ensure he gives him the weapons he needs to success. I think Mike Thomas is going to be wildly successful at the next level and this could be a great fit for him with Jay Gruden.

22. Houston Texans – Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida

I am sure Bill O’Brien will be looking for his QB of the present and future with this pick. He’ll have less than desirable options unless he believes in Connor Cook as I don’t see a chance Goff, Lynch, or Wentz are available. With no QB options, this already stout defense adds a stud in Jonathan Bullard.

23. Minnesota Vikings – Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

If you hadn’t heard of Kevin Dodd before the NC Game, you have now. He’s was unblockable (poor ‘Bama RT). What you may not know is he’s been that way for most of the season. Dodd is going to be 24-years old next season and he sat behind Vic Beasley in 2015 – those are the only reasons he’s touchable for Minnesota at 23.

24. Cincinnati Bengals – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

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This is a travesty that Corey Coleman is available down this far. Coleman was the best receiver in CFB up until his injury – wasn’t close. He’ll fight the knocks on size, route tree and system which should have him right in line to terrorize the AFC North for many years.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

For all those who say this is a weak(ish) draft class, I’d offer the last five picks as examples against that proclamation. Apple is a long CB that shut down most every receiver put in front of him the last two years. If he can trust his position and keep his hands off receivers, he’ll be a stud in the league for a long time.

26. Seattle Seahawks – Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

Bigger needs? Yes. But the Seahawks won’t be able to pass on the value here. Nkemdiche is a top ten talent in the 2016 NFL Draft class but his off-the-field issues could have him sliding way down the board. The Seahawks capitalized on Frank Clark’s draft slide and they do the same here.

27. Green Bay Packers – Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

I could have picked this one of a hat. I had seven to ten guys I considered at this spot, eventually landing on Floyd. Floyd offers value at a position of need, so I would expect TT to jump all over this one.

28. Kansas City Chiefs – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

Conklin isn’t a sexy OT from the sense he doesn’t move like Tunsil or Coleman. What he is, is a solid LT prospect that could be dominant day one in the run game. That will be important for a team that likes to run the ball to set up the pass.

New England Patriots – PICK FORFEITED

29. Arizona Cardinals – Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

I’ve almost exclusively mocked Noah Spence here so I was due for a change. If you saw Reed chase down Deshaun Watson in the NC Game, you’d understand why he makes sense. Reed is versatile enough that he could give the Cards significant depth along the DL.

30. Denver Broncos – Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

Denver is going to have some tough decisions to make this offseason, which could affect the defense. With that in mind, I went with one of my personal favorites here in Andrew Billings.

31. Carolina Panthers – Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

How good has Cam Newton been? Really good when you consider who’s been protecting him and the weapons around him. Spriggs is another former TE turned LT. He’ll be intriguing for teams in the mid-to-late part of round one. Honestly, I would be shocked if he made it down this far – too much upside at a critical position.

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  • Aslan

    Horrible pick for VIKINGS. They pro bowler E. Griffen, Hunter who led all rookies with sacks, plus depth with Robinson, Cricton. Definatelhy dont need a first-round DE

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